Seeing Lucero live truly makes everything in my life okay. It doesn’t matter what’s going on with my life or what I’m worrying about, the second I see those guys take the stage, everything is suddenly okay.

Lucero is one of the few bands that my brother and I agree on. It’s one of the few concerts that will get him out of the house and give us some time to bond. He is currently on an epic roadtrip out to the east coast so he wasn’t at the show last night. I have to be honest, it was a little bit weird. For as long as I can remember, he has been at every single Lucero show with me… until last night. As bummed as I was, as soon as I heard Ben Nichols’ raspy voice, I knew that it was going to be a great night regardless.

I’ll be the first to admit, I never thought I’d find myself falling in love with a band like Lucero. Their music is much more country than I ever thought I could stand but there’s something about them. It’s the way that Ben laughs while singing certain lines of his songs. It’s the way Rick Steff plays the keys with such artistry and feeling all the while chewing on his gum. They may be playing sad country songs majority of the time but something about them is everything I’ve ever wanted in a band.

Ben Nichols started last night’s show with the acoustic guitar in his hands. The band played through some of the slow, sad songs that Lucero does oh so well. Hearing them play these sad songs took me back to breakups and heartbreaks. For every boy that ever broke my heart, there is a Lucero song to go with it. I always thought that seeing Lucero play these songs live would be depressing at best but it’s so different to see them played than to just listen to them. There’s a sense of energy about the songs that you just don’t get when you’re listening to the songs whilst crying into a bowl of chocolate ice cream.

After a couple of slower songs, the electric guitar came out and the show completely switched gears. That’s one of the reasons I love Lucero so much. It doesn’t matter what kind of mood you’re in, there’s a Lucero song to match it. Once the more upbeat songs started, you could feel the whiskey that had been flowing through the packed venue really start to kick in. The crowd started moving around more and the whole mood in the place changed. The concert turned into a huge party with hundreds of people dancing and singing along.

As I stood there singing along to their songs, bobbing my head, clapping and screaming, I could feel my cheeks getting sore from smiling so much. If you ask me, that’s a sign of an amazing concert.

Line Up:

Cory Branan

Lucero

Venue: First Avenue

Sausage Fest Meter- 7 out of 10

Average Age of the Crowd- 30

Crowd Surfers- None

Stage Divers-None

Danceability- High

Broken Bones- None

Fights- 1– The band stopped mid-song to break it up

Drunkards Taken Out By Security- None

Celebrity Sightings- None

Overall Score-8.5 out of 10

Show on Deck- Yellowcard

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